Neo-Nazi thug grew Hitler moustache and blamed Jews for Covid hoax
A British Jewish group called on a judge to hand down a custodial sentence to a neo-Nazi who said that the Coronavirus pandemic was a "hoax" started by Jewish people.
Matthew Henegan, who calls himself the "Fuhrer" and grew a Hitler-style toothbrush moustache, was convicted at the Old Bailey on Monday of publishing, distributing or possessing material intended to stir racial hatred on six counts and one count of possessing a document useful to a terrorist.
He denied all charges.
However, he was found to have created an hour-long film accusing Jews of controlling the police, economy and media, used the antisemitic slur k**es, and said they were "creatures".
Henegan also said that Jews create terror attacks and use "crisis actors", which is a common conspiracy theory claim from those who think certain incidents are not real.
He was also found to have created documents and video guides full of conspiracy theories entitled "Corona Virus Hoax Full Edition", "Corona Virus Hoax Supplement", and "Corona Virus Hoax Update – How You Are Being Controlled".
During an extraordinary rant in court, he claimed that his Hitler moustache was not inspired by Hitler, rather by comedians "Charlie Chaplin or Oliver Hardy".
Hitting out at Judge Nigel Lickley, he said: "It is clearly your diseased mind that influences your thoughts."
But Judge Lickley said: "I have no firm view at the moment other than all sentencing options are open and that includes immediate custody."
The director of Labour Against Antisemitism, Alex Hearn exclusively told the Daily Star that it is "concerning" that the judge had no firm view on how to sentence the man.
Mr Hearn said: "There is a worrying trend of extremists attempting to influence people online by playing on their fears around Covid.
"Unfortunately, racism and conspiracies about Jewish people have historically been central to disinformation campaigns by individuals, organisations and even states.
"In this case, Henegan also accused Jews of controlling the media and being guilty of a number of other imagined crimes.
"The authorities should be applauded for catching and convicting this dangerous neo-Nazi extremist who aimed to incite hate or worse against a tiny section of the British community who happen to be Jewish.
"However, it is concerning that the Judge said he had no firm view on how to sentence.
"A custodial sentence must be applied to stop him continuing to spread hate."
Sentencing will take place on January 14.
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